Companies in this week’s briefs: Rogers Wireless, Samsung Electronics, Yahoo!, MTV Networks, Amp’d Mobile, TeleNav, Sprint Nextel, Everyday Wireless, Motorola, SunCom Wireless, XE Mobile and MobiTV.
Get ready for more on the “revolutionary” front. Verizon Wireless got a jump on CES by announcing its V CAST Mobile TV service on Sunday, the day before CES officially kicked off.
Armed with its 120 new spectrum licenses, T-Mobile USA appears ready to roll on its 3G network. Earlier this week, the company named Ericsson and Nokia as its main infrastructure providers.
MetroPCS has once again tapped Brightpoint to provide distribution and logistic services in the United States. The newly signed deal builds on an existing relationship between the two companies.
Virgin Mobile USA is rolling out its third Pay-As-You-Go service, dubbed "Month2Month." The service starts at under $30 per month.
Need a last-minute gift? MobileLime says it can make it easy with its mobile phone payment solution.
As consumers' mobile content appetites grow, so do concerns about digital rights management (DRM). Most DRM is currently handled by aggregators, publishers that carriers select, but content companies may start to weigh in on the existing DRM solutions, particularly when it comes to accounting, auditing and payment for rights to certain types of content.
All you need to do is look at the latest financial results to see that wireless data is becoming more important to operators – that's why they're spending money on new network technology promising broadband wireless access. Data usage contributed 12.9 percent of Verizon Wireless' average revenue per user (ARPU) in the second quarter, while Cingular's data ARPU was 12 percent and Sprint Ne
If carriers were ranked solely on their ability to keep customers, Verizon Wireless and Cingular Wireless would be tops, with Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA in the losers' corner. In the second quarter of 2006, Verizon blew away the competition by reporting a record 0.87 percent postpaid retail churn, beating Cingular's 1.
After reaching an impasse in its licensing and settlement agreement with NTP, Research In Motion (RIM) has once again turned to the courts for help. RIM's stock fell nearly 4 percent on the news.
The fourth generation of IBM's silicon germanium (SiGe) microprocessor technology is twice as fast as its predecessor, and according to the company, ideal for use in cell phones and other mobile computing devices.
Best Buy, Carphone Warehouse, Motient, TerreStar Networks, Danger, Sharp, Qwest Wireless, Alltel Wireless, Seven, Motorola and Kyocera.
Advertising is certainly gaining clout as a mechanism for subsidizing mobile content, particularly mobile games. Hands-On Mobile appears to be taking this strategy seriously with the creation of its new Media and Advertising Division.Headed by John Rousseau, the division will leverage its mobile phone content and deliver mobile marketing solutions for brands worldwide.
Pricing pressures weighed on Samsung Electronics during the fourth quarter. The company reported an 8% dip in profit for the period, saying the drop stemmed from challenges in key product areas, including handsets.